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David James DOBSON





Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Juvenile (17) - Kidnapping - Rape - Mutilation
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: May 6, 1982
Date of arrest: 6 days after
Date of birth: 1965
Victim profile: Darlene "Dolly" Prioriello, 16
Method of murder: Bludgeoned to death with a concrete brick
Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Status: Sentenced to life in prison on April 11, 1983
the letter

David James Dobson (born 1965, Mississauga, Ontario) is a Canadian murderer who is currently serving a life sentence in a medium security federal penitentiary in Kingston, Ontario. At one time he was transferred to a minimum security prison but due to intense lobbying from the Dobson family he was returned to medium.

On May 6, 1982, Dobson abducted, brutally murdered, and raped then 16-year old Darlene "Dolly" Prioriello at a Mississauga bus stop. He sent taunting letters to the police in a "catch me if you can" style.

In a letter to Peel police he wrote, "I won't strike again until next year at the same time," he wrote. "Set up your bait and try to catch me ... See ya next year." He was apprehended and charged on May 12, 1982.

On April 17, 2007, Dobson was denied parole. Now that he has served at least twenty-five years of his life sentence, he will be due for annual parole review every two years.


Man denied parole in chilling Mississauga murder

Tue Apr. 17 2007

A man who brutally killed a 16-year-old Mississauga schoolgirl 25 years ago has been denied parole, bringing joy and relief to his victim's family.

David James Dobson, 42, must now wait two more years before he can apply to be released from a medium-security prison.

Tuesday's hearing before a national parole panel near Kingston was an emotional affair for the family of Darlene Prioriello, who saw Dobson for the first time since 1983.

"He's cold," said Terri Prioriello, Darlene's sister. "His eyes were the most horrible eyes I've ever looked into in my life."

Darlene was 16 years old when she was raped, tortured, choked and bludgeoned to death with a concrete brick on May 6, 1982 after being abducted by Dobson at a Mississauga bus stop.

The autopsy listed the cause of death as a fractured skull and asphyxiation.

Dobson, who was 17 at the time, was convicted of first-degree murder the following April, but not before taunting Peel police and his victim's family.

Dobson sent chilling "catch me if you can" letters to investigators after the murder and even phoned the Prioriellos and told them he had killed Darlene. Dobson was arrested a week after the murder.

Court documents show he has vowed to kill again on the anniversary of Darlene's killing.

Darlene's sister Terri ripped up her victim impact statement in frustration during the review on Tuesday because she says she wasn't able to say what she wanted.

"They said, 'Well you can't say the word monster, you can't call him a product of the devil -- it's disrespectful,'" Terri said.

"Well where was my sister's respect when he was murdering her?"

Darlene's mother Helen also called Dobson a monster. She shouted "I'm not buying your act" when Dobson mouthed the words "I'm sorry" to her.

In a 1998 interview Dobson said he found prison life to be comfortable.

Darlene's family cheered after leaving the parole hearing on Tuesday.

"He's staying home where he belongs, where he likes it!" Helen said.

The Prioriello family is trying to change the parole system through a nationwide petition.

They want parole hearings to be held every five years, not every two years as the current rules allow.

More than 1,500 people have signed the petition, available on their website at The Prioriellos are hoping to get 10,000 signatures.

Dobson is eligible for full parole for the first time since his arrest 25 years ago.

He was transferred to a minimum-security prison in 2004, but the Prioriello family, with the help of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, persuaded officials to return him to the medium-security Bath Institution.

Dobson says he has an interest in "crime prevention" and would like to do community education work with other offenders on parole.


Mom steels herself to face teen's killer after 25 years

Family says preparing impact statements for David Dobson's parole bid is painful, much like `burying Dolly all over again'


Apr 09, 2007

Writing a victim-impact statement to keep her daughter Darlene's killer behind bars was the hardest thing Helen Prioriello has ever had to do other than attending her funeral.

"I listened to her read it and it was like she was burying Dolly all over again," said Darlene's sister Terri, 43. "It was so upsetting for Mom. She cried. Families shouldn't have to go through this all over again."

But Helen, Terri and other family members, along with many supporters, will be at the Bath Institution in Kingston on April 17, hoping their heartfelt words won't fall on deaf ears as the National Parole Board decides whether to release killer David James Dobson.

Darlene, nicknamed Dolly, was just 16 when she was abducted by Dobson at a Mississauga bus stop May 6, 1982. She was raped and mutilated and suffered a slow, agonizing death. The autopsy revealed she died from a fractured skull and asphyxiation.

Dobson, now 42, repeatedly struck the young high school student in her face with a concrete block. He also pierced her body with safety pins.

He was convicted of first-degree murder on April 11, 1983, and is now eligible for full parole, 25 years from the date of his arrest.

Dobson was scheduled to go before the parole board last month but cancelled the meeting, causing the Prioriello family to prepare for the emotional day all over again.

Should the parole board refuse Dobson's request, he'll be able to reapply in two years, something the Prioriello family is also trying to change through a nationwide petition that is gaining momentum. Nearly 1,200 names have been added to the petition in the past four weeks.

"We don't think convicted killers or repeat offenders should ever get out and if you get life in prison it should mean life in prison," Terri said. "But we know that's not going to happen, so we're asking the federal government to increase the time to five years, instead of two years.

"Families have already been victimized once. They shouldn't have to be victimized every two years. Having to face a loved one's killer and to read what he did to her and how her death has affected our lives is something nobody should ever have to do once, never mind twice."

In his "catch me if you can" letter to retired Peel homicide inspector Jim Wingate, Dobson, then 17, described how he'd killed the student behind a factory on General Rd., near Dixie Rd. and Eglinton Ave.

"I won't strike again until next year at the same time," he wrote. "Set up your bait and try to catch me ... See ya next year."

In 2004, Dobson was transferred to a fenceless minimum-security prison, in the usual process leading to release. But with the assistance of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, Terri persuaded officials to return him to a medium-security prison.

"I really believe with my heart and soul that he will kill again," Terri said. "We must save another person's life."

Terri hopes to get 10,000 signatures and then present the petition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The petition was launched in the Kingston area last month because the family wanted people living there to realize that Dobson would be "walking through their neighbourhood" if he got out.

As difficult as it was to write their statements, Terri said it's also frustrating that they were required to submit it 30 days in advance so Dobson could read it.

"But we're not allowed to see his material to find out what he wants to say," Terri said.


16-year-old Darlene "Dolly" Prioriello from Mississauga, Ont.
was murdered in May 1982.



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